History Franchise / MonsterHigh

20th Aug '16 1:43:34 PM cuteatonia
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The dolls have been noted for their unique concept and high doll quality, including ball-jointed limbs, individual face molds and body sculpts for almost each of the characters -- an impressive feat considering '''50+''' [[Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters more of them]] have come along since the series' beginnings. (Create-A-Monster, Inner Monster, and a 17" tall customizable doll are examples of kits which allow for the more hands-on fans to create their own beastly besties.) A 4-book series of tie-in novels was written by ''Literature/TheClique'' writer Lisi Harrison, followed by the ''Ghoulfriends Forever'' series by Gitty Daneshvari, and two graphic novels written by Heather Nuhfer and illustrated by Josh Howard and Kellee Riley. The series' first Halloween special aired on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} on October 31, 2010 and has been followed by others ever since. Currently the franchise is expanded upon via a series of CGI DirectToVideo movies (excepting ''13 Wishes'', which had a brief theatrical run in 2013). A live action movie was initially confirmed for fall 2016 with Film/TheDuff director Ari Sandel before [[http://variety.com/2015/film/news/the-girl-on-the-train-release-date-emily-blunt-1201663358/ being removed from the slate indefinitely.]]

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The dolls have been noted for their unique concept and high doll quality, including ball-jointed limbs, individual face molds and body sculpts for almost each of the characters -- an impressive feat considering '''50+''' [[Main/LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters more of them]] have come along since the series' beginnings. (Create-A-Monster, Inner Monster, and a 17" tall customizable doll are examples of kits which allow for the more hands-on fans to create their own beastly besties.) A 4-book series of tie-in novels was written by ''Literature/TheClique'' writer Lisi Harrison, followed by the ''Ghoulfriends Forever'' series by Gitty Daneshvari, and two graphic novels written by Heather Nuhfer and illustrated by Josh Howard and Kellee Riley. The series' first Halloween special aired on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} on October 31, 2010 and has been followed by others ever since. Currently the franchise is expanded upon via a series of CGI DirectToVideo movies (excepting ''13 Wishes'', which had a brief theatrical run in 2013). A live action movie was initially confirmed for fall 2016 with Film/TheDuff director Ari Sandel before [[http://variety.com/2015/film/news/the-girl-on-the-train-release-date-emily-blunt-1201663358/ being removed from the slate indefinitely.]]
17th Aug '16 4:38:54 PM cuteatonia
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* TheMovie: A live-action movie musical was being directed by the men behind ''{{Hairspray}}'' and ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. Itís been described as "''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' meets ''Film/{{Grease}}'' meets ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' meets ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''." Stuck in DevelopmentHell, until its cancellation. It will be released as "The Lost Movie" in storyboard form, with Draculaura and Clawdeen providing [[Series./MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K-style commentary]] over it.

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* TheMovie: A live-action movie musical was being directed by the men behind ''{{Hairspray}}'' and ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. Itís been described as "''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' meets ''Film/{{Grease}}'' meets ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' meets ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''." Stuck in DevelopmentHell, until its cancellation. It will be released as "The Lost Movie" in storyboard form, with Draculaura and Clawdeen providing [[Series./MysteryScienceTheater3000 [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K-style commentary]] over it.
17th Aug '16 4:34:30 PM cuteatonia
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** The reboot's CGI animation is much cleaner and has fluid animation and expressive character models you'd expect to see from a big-budget studio film, which is a vast improvement over the clunky CGI translations of the physical dolls.



** The dolls themselves have gotten rounder eyes and thciker bodies after the reboot.

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** The dolls themselves have gotten rounder eyes and thciker thicker bodies after the reboot.reboot.
** The reboot's CGI animation is much cleaner and has fluid animation, dynamic lighting, and expressive character models you'd expect to see from a big-budget studio film, which is a vast improvement over the previous clunky CGI translations of the physical dolls.



** "Nefera Again" has Clawdeen pick up with her hearing that Toralei notices Nefera wears the hottest fashions weeks before anyone else has them. This leads to the girls assembling an ensemble of ImpossiblyTackyClothes (from what might be the WTHCostumingDepartment) claiming they're the latest fashion trends--but she should know this as Nefera's a famous model, right? Nefera asks they be handed over to her--and with the new outfit becomes the laughing-stock of the Maul. (As a bonus, Toralei and her GirlPosse followed suit.)

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** "Nefera Again" has Clawdeen pick up with her hearing that Toralei notices Nefera wears the hottest fashions weeks before anyone else has them. This leads to the girls assembling an ensemble of ImpossiblyTackyClothes (from what might be the WTHCostumingDepartment) claiming they're the latest fashion trends--but she Nefera should know this as Nefera's she's a famous model, right? Nefera asks they be handed over to her--and with the new outfit becomes the laughing-stock of the Maul. (As a bonus, Toralei and her GirlPosse followed suit.)



* BreatherEpisode: Volume 2's "Daydream of the Dead". Prior to this we get relationship troubles, Spectra making a nuisance of herself, and a cliffhanger with Cleo's sister. This episode is an advertisement for the MH booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

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* BreatherEpisode: Volume 2's "Daydream of the Dead". Prior to this we get got relationship troubles, Spectra making a nuisance of herself, and a cliffhanger with Cleo's sister. This episode is an advertisement for the MH booth at San Diego Comic-Con.



** The [[BeachEpisode Gloom Beach]] dolls each have customized one for their character, including Cleo's, which are made to look like mummy wrappings, and Frankie's, made to look like electric bolts.

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** The [[BeachEpisode Gloom Beach]] dolls each have customized one ones for their character, including Cleo's, which are made to look like mummy wrappings, and Frankie's, made to look like electric bolts.



** All ''Electrified'' doll dresses have neon colors, plastic frills, and transparent shoes and/or accessories.



* CrossdressingVoices: Holt and Jackson are both played by Cindy Robinson; Ghoulia's voice is provided by Audu Paden, a male producer of the cartoon.

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* CrossdressingVoices: Holt and Jackson are both played by Cindy Robinson; Robinson, and Ghoulia's voice is provided by Audu Paden, a male producer of the cartoon.Generation 1 cartoons.



* DancingTheme: Initially "Fright Song", and now "We Are Monster High". Both count for serious EarWorm.

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* DancingTheme: Initially "Fright Song", and now then "We Are Monster High". Both count for serious EarWorm.



* DenserAndWackier: Ever since 2013, the plots have moved into this territory. Webisodes are now mainly one-offs to introduce new toyline characters (even ones that purportedly come in arcs), CG specials pad out with comic relief in place of worldbuilding, and the subplot building up about monster-human relations has all but disappeared entirely. [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings Among other things, perhaps this has to do with the drop in webisode viewership.]]

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* DenserAndWackier: Ever since 2013, the plots have for the G1 webisodes moved into this territory. Webisodes are now became mainly one-offs to introduce new toyline characters (even ones that purportedly come came in arcs), CG specials pad padded out with comic relief in place of worldbuilding, and the subplot building up about monster-human relations has all but disappeared entirely. [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings Among other things, perhaps this has Post-reboot, we'll be back to do delving into monster-human relations--but the tone of the series itself will be focusing on more comedy than ever, and including a lot of wackier looking monsters (like a gluttonous, translucent, squat blob creature; a large blue furry girl beast with the drop in webisode viewership.]]braces; and a ''mouse'').


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** Recap/WelcomeToMonsterHigh gives us a tentacled lunch lady.
17th Aug '16 3:47:18 PM 8BrickMario
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* CobwebOfDisuse: Features frequently in the designs of the monster world, and as a recurring pattern in Operetta and Twyla's outfits.



* EightiesHair: For the ghouls, and lots of it. Stay home, buzz-cuts. (Except for Venus.) The ''Electrified'' "Supercharged Ghouls" line takes this UpToEleven, with each character receiving a light voluminous frizz to their hair.

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* EightiesHair: For the ghouls, and lots of it. Stay home, buzz-cuts. (Except for Venus.) The ''Electrified'' "Supercharged Ghouls" line takes this UpToEleven, with each character receiving a light voluminous frizz to their hair.hair as a more stylish imitation of the effects of electrocution.
17th Aug '16 8:21:26 AM 8BrickMario
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* AgeLift: Most of the returning cast in the reboot are aged down from 16 from 15, which confusingly leaves the previously-younger characters like Twyla as the same age.
15th Aug '16 6:09:45 PM 8BrickMario
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* OffModel: Draculaura's height seems to vary in all the webisodes if you look closely. There are times where she's as tall as Cleo and Clawdeen, such as in "Clawditions", and times where she's much smaller than the others, such as in "Idol Threat".

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* OffModel: OffModel:
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Draculaura's height seems to vary in all the webisodes if you look closely. There are times where she's as tall as Cleo and Clawdeen, such as in "Clawditions", and times where she's much smaller than the others, such as in "Idol Threat".Threat".
** The Ghouls Alive dolls are this to the original versions; Clawdeen's face is a prime example.
** The Beast Freaky Friend Skelita doll clearly doesn't have a scaled-up Skelita face mold (it's just the older one used on the other dolls), which makes her look wrong.
9th Aug '16 8:59:53 AM 8BrickMario
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[[Franchise/EverAfterHigh]] is a fairy-tale spinoff set in the same universe. While the two have had subtle crossovers, all plans to unite the two franchises were canned with the 2016 reboot of Monster High.

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[[Franchise/EverAfterHigh]] Franchise/EverAfterHigh is a fairy-tale spinoff set in the same universe. While the two have had subtle crossovers, all plans to unite the two franchises were canned with the 2016 reboot of Monster High.
9th Aug '16 8:55:38 AM 8BrickMario
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* AllGhoulsSchool: Except one Normie[[note]]Well, half Normie[[/note]].

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* AllGhoulsSchool: Except one Normie[[note]]Well, normie[[note]]Well, actually, Jackson is only half Normie[[/note]].normie[[/note]].



** This is enforced post-reboot, as cut costs mean the reduced presence of diaries sold with the dolls.

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** This is enforced post-reboot, as cut costs mean the reduced presence of that diaries sold are no longer included with the dolls.



* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Within the main cast alone, Ghoulia is greyish-blue, Lagoona is aqua blue, Frankie is mint green (which looks a deeper shade of green in CG), and Draculaura looks really pale until you realize she's ''pink''. In fact, the de Niles, the Wolf family, Deuce, and Jackson are pretty much the only characters to avert this.

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* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Within the main cast alone, Ghoulia is greyish-blue, Lagoona is aqua blue, Frankie is mint green (which looks a deeper shade of green in CG), and Draculaura looks really pale until you realize she's ''pink''. In fact, the de Niles, the Wolf family, Deuce, Jackson, Headmistress Bloodgood, and Jackson Hexiciah Steam are pretty much the only characters to avert this.



** The dolls themselves have become slightly more cartoonish and have more animated facial expressions after the reboot.

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** The dolls themselves have become slightly more cartoonish gotten rounder eyes and have more animated facial expressions thciker bodies after the reboot.



* BadBadActing: After Nefera takes over the Fearleading Squad, Frankie comes up with a way to get her fellow cheerers back in the game. This involves Lagoona and Clawd publicly lamenting how bad Nefera's team is in totally horrid lies, with Clawd actually having to read off a script one with no inflection at all. It works.

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* BadBadActing: After Nefera takes over the Fearleading Squad, Frankie comes up with a way to get her fellow cheerers back in the game. This involves Lagoona and Clawd publicly lamenting how bad Nefera's team is in totally horrid lies, with Clawd actually having to read off a script one with no inflection at all. [[RuleOfFunny It works.]]



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Following the 2016 reboot, lots of characters disappeared from the story and stopped getting toyline releases despite earlier prominence and the repeated insistence from WordOfGod that they weren't losing any characters (including Ghoulia, ''one of the original ghouls''). Maybe by "the characters aren't leaving", they meant "we won't use the characters, but we're keeping the trademarks".

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Following Fans worried that this had happened to the 2016 reboot, lots majority of the cast, due to the lack of older characters disappeared from in the story and stopped getting toyline releases despite earlier prominence and the repeated insistence from WordOfGod that they weren't losing any characters (including reboot, especially Ghoulia, ''one of the original ghouls''). Maybe by "the ghouls''. WordOfGod has repeatedly confirmed that nobody has disappeared, making it more of a case of OutOfFocus, since not all of the characters aren't leaving", they meant "we won't use can be in the characters, but we're keeping the trademarks".debut line. ''Electrified'' seems to confirm their assertions, with Venus and Twyla returning as physical dolls.



** The ''13 Wishes'' line gives the main character genie-themed outfits which are given to them when they're banished to the lamp.

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** The ''13 Wishes'' line gives the main character characters genie-themed outfits which are given to them when they're banished to the lamp.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The line was initially presented as featuring the children of famous movie monsters. It did not take long for the concept to move away from that- Frankie being the only one that did keep to this idea. Clawdeen is merely ''A'' werewolf and there are many of them. Ghoulia is a generic zombie with no real famous lineage stated. Lagoona is the offspring of a sea creature and a sea nymph, and Draculaura's father is actually an ancient Roman soldier who merely happens to be named Dracula(which would, at the very least, justify her being 1600 years old). [[spoiler:As we find out in the diaries, Roman Dracula is actually her adoptive father who may have served in the army of Julius Caesar, and the more well-known Dracula was, in fact, the historical tyrant Vlad Tepes. The two apparently had a major conflict, the former not being too happy that a murderous tyrant was using his name).]]
* EightiesHair: For the ghouls, and lots of it. Stay home, buzz-cuts. (Except for Venus.) The ''Electrified'' takes this UpToEleven, with each character receiving a light voluminous frizz to their hair.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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The line was initially presented as featuring the children of famous movie monsters. It did not take long for the concept to move away from that- Frankie being the only one that did keep to this idea. Clawdeen is merely ''A'' werewolf and there are many of them. Ghoulia is a generic zombie with no real famous lineage stated. Lagoona is the offspring of a sea creature and a sea nymph, and Draculaura's father is actually an ancient Roman soldier who merely happens to be named Dracula(which would, at the very least, justify her being 1600 years old). [[spoiler:As we find out in the diaries, Roman Dracula is actually her adoptive father who may have served in the army of Julius Caesar, and the more well-known Dracula was, in fact, the historical tyrant Vlad Tepes. The two apparently had a major conflict, the former not being too happy that a murderous tyrant was using his name).]]
* EightiesHair: For the ghouls, and lots of it. Stay home, buzz-cuts. (Except for Venus.) The ''Electrified'' "Supercharged Ghouls" line takes this UpToEleven, with each character receiving a light voluminous frizz to their hair.



** The movie 'Ghouls Rule' brings these elements to a head with the monsters facing off against the human populus of their hometown in a more direct way.

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** The movie 'Ghouls Rule' brings these elements to a head with the monsters facing off against the human populus populace of their hometown in a more direct way.



* ExoticEyeDesigns: While the characters themselves are no stranger, this is exemplified with the Monster High Minis, which give each character unique eye-reflection designs reflecting their theme.

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* ExoticEyeDesigns: While the characters themselves are no stranger, strangers to this, this is exemplified with the Monster High Minis, which give each character unique eye-reflection designs reflecting their theme.



* FreakyFridayFlip: Cleo and Ghoulia get one in "Freaky Fridate" when Cleo accidentally touches one of her father's idols that Ghoulia's also holding. At the end, kissing their boyfriends has them returned to normal, but Deuce and Slow-Moe are swapped.

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* FreakyFridayFlip: Cleo and Ghoulia get one in "Freaky Fridate" when Cleo accidentally touches one of her father's idols that Ghoulia's also holding. At the end, kissing their boyfriends has them returned to normal, but Deuce and Slow-Moe Slo Mo are swapped.
8th Aug '16 9:11:30 PM sweetrapturedlight
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* NerdGlasses: Jackson and Ghoulia have them.
7th Aug '16 3:22:46 PM 8BrickMario
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[[Franchise/EverAfterHigh]] is a fairy-tale spinoff set in the same universe. While the two have had subtle crossovers, all plans to unite the two franchises were canned with the 2016 reboot of Monster High.
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